Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball

Seton Hall Pirates
2018–19 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team
University Seton Hall University
Head coach Kevin Willard (8th season)
Conference Big East
Location Newark, New Jersey
Arena Prudential Center
(Capacity: 10,481[1])
Nickname Pirates
Colors Blue and White[2]
NCAA Tournament runner-up
NCAA Tournament Final Four
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1989, 1991
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1989, 1991, 1992, 2000
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2004, 2018
NCAA Tournament appearances
1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2016, 2017, 2018
Conference tournament champions
1991, 1993, 2016
Conference regular season champions
1992, 1993

The Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's basketball program of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. The team competes in the Big East Conference and plays their home games in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.


Seton Hall's first season of basketball occurred in 1903–04, but the school did not field a team again until 1908–09, the year in which the university achieved their first winning season. The school adopted the Pirate mascot in 1931, and the teams soon gained national prominence with the arrival of John "Honey" Russell in 1936. During an 18-year span, the Pirates racked up a 295–129 record that included an undefeated 19–0 record in 1939–40 as part of a 41-game unbeaten streak. Walsh Gymnasium was opened in 1941 to permanently house the basketball team and featured one of the best Seton Hall teams of all time, termed the "Wonder Five", which led by All-American Bob Davies, earned the school's first NIT bid in 1941. Following World War II, the Pirates were led by stars Frank Saul and Bobby Wanzer and regularly played games at Madison Square Garden. The peak of this era occurred in 1953 when Richie Regan and Walter Dukes defeated rival St. John's University for the NIT title. Perhaps the low point for the team occurred in 1961 when a point shaving scandal sullied the program, but the Pirates rebounded to return to the NIT in 1974 under coach Bill Raftery.[3] Seton Hall became a charter member of the Big East Conference in 1979.

The high point of the Big East era for Seton Hall came when P. J. Carlesimo was hired in 1982 and the team began playing in the Meadowlands Arena. By 1988, Carlesimo led the Pirates to the school's first NCAA tournament appearance, and in 1989, he led the Hall to an unexpected tournament run to the NCAA Championship game, where they were defeated by Michigan in overtime. Success under Carlesimo continued with a Big East Tournament Championship and an Elite Eight appearance in 1991, a regular season Big East Championship and Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1992, and Big East Regular Season and Big East Tournament Championships in 1993. Carlesimo left to coach in the NBA following the 1993–94 season, but Seton Hall returned to the Sweet Sixteen in 2000 guided by coach Tommy Amaker, and appeared in the NCAA tournament in 2004 and 2006 coached by Louis Orr. In 2006–07, Bobby Gonzalez was hired to lead the Pirates, which moved its home games into the Prudential Center in 2007.[4] Gonzalez amassed a 66–59 record at Seton Hall but was fired at the conclusion of the 2009–10 after a first-round NIT loss to Texas Tech. Concerns were raised in-house about the direction Gonzalez was taking the program, punctuated by several incidents, some involving Gonzalez and others involving student athletes. Shortly after his dismissal Gonzalez was arrested for shoplifting.[5] Seton Hall hired current coach Kevin Willard for the 2010–11 season.[6]

After struggling to maintain a .500 record through his first five seasons with the program, Willard's Pirates finally broke through in the 2015-16 season, as they won the Big East Tournament Championship over eventual national champion Villanova. With the win, Seton Hall secured the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006 and the first Big East Tournament Championship since 1993. However, the magic could not continue in the NCAA Tournament, as the team was defeated by the 11th seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs in the opening round of 64. In 2017, the Pirates made the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year for the first time since 1994. Unfortunately, another first round exit ensued, this time at the hands of the Arkansas Razorbacks, but the Pirates would return for at least a third consecutive year for the second time in program history in 2018, winning their first tournament game in fourteen years upon defeating the NC State Wolfpack in the round of 64, before being defeated by the Kansas Jayhawks in the round of 32.

All-time coaching records

Name Years Record Win pct.
William Caffrey1908–0910–4(.714)
Dick McDonough1909–106–2(.750)
Jim Flanagan1910–114–0(1.000)
Frank Hill1911–30192–75(.719)
Dan Steinberg1930–3112–11(.522)
Les Fries1931–3318–13(.581)
John Colrick1933–358–22(.267)
Bob Davies1946–4724–3(.889)
Jack Reitmeier1947–4934–12(.739)
John Russell1936–43
Richard Regan1960–70112–131(.461)
Bill Raftery1970–81154–141(.522)
Hoddy Mahon1981–8211–16(.407)
P.J. Carlesimo1982–94212–166(.561)
George Blaney1994–9738–48(.442)
Tommy Amaker1997–0168–55(.540)
Louis Orr2001–0680–69(.537)
Bobby Gonzalez2006–1066–59(.528)
Kevin Willard2010–150–113(.570)


Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Independent (1903–1965)
1903–04 No coach 2–3–1
1908–09 William Caffrey 10–4
1909–10 Dick McDonough 6–2
1910–11 Jim Flanagan 4–0
1911–12 Frank Hill 9–6
1912–13 Frank Hill 11–3
1913–14 Frank Hill 14–3–1
1914–15 Frank Hill 15–2
1915–16 Frank Hill 13–2
1916–17 Frank Hill 12–3
1917–18 Frank Hill 8–5
1918–19 Frank Hill 8–5
1919–20 Frank Hill 10–3
1920–21 Frank Hill 13–4
1921–22 Frank Hill 14–2
1922–23 Frank Hill 8–4
1923–24 Frank Hill 6–7
1924–25 Frank Hill 8–6
1925–26 Frank Hill 7–5
1926–27 Frank Hill 10–3
1927–28 Frank Hill 9–4
1928–29 Frank Hill 11–4
1929–30 Frank Hill 13–9
Frank Hill: 192–75(.719)
1930–31 Dan Steinberg 12–11
Dan Steinberg: 12–11(.522)
1931–32 Les Fries 10–9
1932–33 Les Fries 8–4
Les Fries: 18–13(.581)
1934–35 John Colrick 4–11
1935–36 John Colrick 4–11
John Colrick: 8–22(.267)
1936–37 Honey Russell 5–10
1937–38 Honey Russell 10–8
1938–39 Honey Russell 15–7
1939–40 Honey Russell 19–0
1940–41 Honey Russell 20–2NIT Semifinals
1941–42 Honey Russell 16–3
1942–43 Honey Russell 16–2
1943–44 Season Cancelled
1944–45 Season Cancelled
1945–46 Season Cancelled
1946–47 Bob Davies 24–3
Bob Davies: 24–3(.889)
1947–48 Jack Reitmeier 18–4
1948–49 Jack Reitmeier 16–8
Jack Reitmeier: 34–12(.739)
1949–50 Honey Russell 11–15
1950–51 Honey Russell 24–7NIT Semifinals
1951–52 Honey Russell 25–3NIT First Round
1952–53 Honey Russell 31–2NIT Champions
1953–54 Honey Russell 13–10
1954–55 Honey Russell 17–9NIT First Round
1955–56 Honey Russell 20–5NIT Quarterfinals
1956–57 Honey Russell 17–10NIT First Round
1957–58 Honey Russell 7–19
1958–59 Honey Russell 13–10
1959–60 Honey Russell 16–7
Honey Russell: 295–129(.696)
1960–61 Richard Regan 15–9
1961–62 Richard Regan 15–9
1962–63 Richard Regan 16–7
1963–64 Richard Regan 13–12
1964–65 Richard Regan 12–13
Metropolitan Collegiate Conference () (1965–1969)
1965–66 Richard Regan 6–183–67th
1966–67 Richard Regan 7–173–67th
1967–68 Richard Regan 9–154–44th
1968–69 Richard Regan 9–164–44th
Independent () (1969–1979)
1969–70 Richard Regan 10–15
Richard Regan: 112–131(.461)
1970–71 Bill Raftery 11–15
1971–72 Bill Raftery 10–16
1972–73 Bill Raftery 8–17
1973–74 Bill Raftery 16–11NIT First Round
1974–75 Bill Raftery 16–11ECAC Metro Semifinals
1975–76 Bill Raftery 18–9
1976–77 Bill Raftery 18–11ECAC Metro Finals, NIT First Round
1977–78 Bill Raftery 16–11ECAC Metro Semifinals
1978–79 Bill Raftery 14–13ECAC Metro Semifinals
Big East Conference () (1979–2013)
1979–80 Bill Raftery 14–131–56th
1980–81 Bill Raftery 11–164–107th
Bill Raftery: 154–141(.522)5–15(.250)
1981–82 Hoddy Mahon 11–162–128th
Hoddy Mahon: 11–16(.407)2–12(.143)
1982–83 P.J. Carlesimo 6–231–159th
1983–84 P.J. Carlesimo 9–192–149th
1984–85 P.J. Carlesimo 10–181–159th
1985–86 P.J. Carlesimo 14–183–139th
1986–87 P.J. Carlesimo 15–144–127thNIT First Round
1987–88 P.J. Carlesimo 22–138–86thNCAA Second Round
1988–89 P.J. Carlesimo 31–711–52ndNCAA National Final
1989–90 P.J. Carlesimo 12–165–117th
1990–91 P.J. Carlesimo 25–99–7T-3rdNCAA Elite Eight
1991–92 P.J. Carlesimo 23–912–6T-1stNCAA Sweet Sixteen
1992–93 P.J. Carlesimo 28–714–41stNCAA Second Round
1993–94 P.J. Carlesimo 17–138–107thNCAA First Round
P.J. Carlesimo: 212–166(.561)72–109(.398)
1994–95 George Blaney 16–147–117thNIT First Round
1995–96 George Blaney 12–167–115th (BE7)
1996–97 George Blaney 10–185–136th (BE7)
George Blaney: 38–48(.442)19–35(.352)
1997–98 Tommy Amaker 15–159–93rd (BE7)NIT First Round
1998–99 Tommy Amaker 15–158–10T-8thNIT First Round
1999–00 Tommy Amaker 22–1010–6T-4thNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2000–01 Tommy Amaker 16–155–116th (West)NIT First Round
Tommy Amaker: 68–55(.553)32–36(.471)
2001–02 Louis Orr 12–185–116th (West)
2002–03 Louis Orr 17–1310–6T-3rd (West)NIT First Round
2003–04 Louis Orr 21–1010–6T-5thNCAA Second Round
2004–05 Louis Orr 12–164–12T-9th
2005–06 Louis Orr 18–129–77thNCAA First Round
Louis Orr: 80–69(.537)38–42(.475)
2006–07 Bobby Gonzalez 13–164–1213th
2007–08 Bobby Gonzalez 17–157–1111th
2008–09 Bobby Gonzalez 17–157–1111th
2009–10 Bobby Gonzalez 19–139–910thNIT First Round
Bobby Gonzalez: 66–59(.528)27–43(.386)
2010–11 Kevin Willard 13–187–1112th
2011–12 Kevin Willard 21–138–1010thNIT Second Round
2012–13 Kevin Willard 15–183–15T-13th
Big East Conference () (2013–present)
2013–14 Kevin Willard 17–176–128th
2014–15 Kevin Willard 16–156–12T-7th
2015–16 Kevin Willard 25–912–63rdNCAA First Round
2016–17 Kevin Willard 21–1210–85thNCAA First Round
2017–18 Kevin Willard 22–1210–83rdNCAA Second Round
Kevin Willard: 150–114(.568)62–82(.431)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion



Basketball Hall of Fame inductees

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

FIBA Hall of Fame

Awards and honors

Retired numbers

See also


  1. "Facilities". Seton Hall Athletics. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  2. Seton Hall University Graphic Standards Manual (PDF). Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  3. 2008-09 2009-10 Seton Hall Men's Basketball Media Guide Check |url= value (help) (PDF). 2009. pp. 64–65. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  4. 2008–09 Big East Media Guide: The Record Book: The Big East in Postseason Play (All-Time) (PDF). 2008. p. 149. Retrieved 2009-03-03.
  5. "Former Seton Hall coach arrested for shoplifting". 6 July 2010.
  6. "Seton Hall announces Willard as its next coach". 29 March 2010.
  7. "Seton Hall Pirates Index - College Basketball at". College Basketball at
  8. 2008-09 2009-10 Seton Hall Men's Basketball Media Guide Check |url= value (help) (PDF). 2009. p. 71. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  9. 1 2 Prunty, Brendan. "Seton Hall's Fuquan Edwin named Big East Defensive Player of the Year". Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  10. 2008-09 2009-10 Seton Hall Men's Basketball Media Guide Check |url= value (help) (PDF). 2009. p. 114. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
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